Thursday, 8 October 2015

The KLBAC Books Galore Sale / Swap - event update

This is the first time I've attended a KLBAC book sale / swap! First time meeting the founder, Diana, and some of the active members from KLBAC Facebook group. Also nice to catch up with Ai Jou, Naz and Vannitha! It was really a breath of fresh air meeting like-minded people!

So this is an update of last Sunday's event at Zest Cafe, hoping that you would also join us in our future events :-)

The reason Zest Cafe was chosen, aside from being in the middle of Klang Valley, for most of this group's event was the full use of the cafe, with the full cooperation from the boss himself. We actually had the whole indoor space for this event, leaving their poor customers to sit outdoor. Also, the quiet ambience suited the book discussions usually held here with the next one, about Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel, coming on 25/10/15.
Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio RM19.90
I had lunch first before the event started and thankfully, it was really good. My seafood spaghetti aglio olio was fresh, tasty with big portion! My iced cafe latte was truly refreshing and caffeine smooth! The 1 thing I love, no service charge but can't escape the 6% GST though.
Iced Cafe Latte RM8.90 and my books for sale. The ones which had been reserved was not on display here.

At the end of it, I was humbled by the experience especially making more new friends. I do hope to participate more in the near future, if the time and transport allows. However, need a much better way to lug my books as it's really tiring and I couldn't bring more due to space constraint.
A special shout-out to Zarina for her handmade bags and bookmarks
I bought this lovely bookmark from her
My mini haul as I didn't want to over splurge while in the midst of KonMari de-cluttering
Many thanks to Ai Jou for fetching me and also the freebies! I truly appreciate it <3 p="">
Location: Zest Cafe, Unit 1-2, 1st Floor, The Sphere, Bangsar South
Facebook page: ZestCafeRestaurant

For more updates on books and meeting like-minded people for book discussions, please join KLBAC Facebook group:

Zarina's handmade craft can be reached here:

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

A day out with my BFF's

A sunny yet hazy Saturday at Sunway Pyramid on the eve of Mooncake Festival, spending quality time with my dear BFF's!
While waiting for Adrianne to arrive, thanks Joyce for the Cappuccino treat!
Our yummy late lunch at Bubba Gump! Thanks Joyce!
Joyce, Adrianne and moi... yakking session at Starbucks!
So enjoyed that day... it's been a while since we got together and catch up! I think we should do this monthly! LOL!

A toast to best friends, yummy food and delicious coffee!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Penang: day 2 before lunch

Day 2 concluded with more photos as we went to a few places and will be split into 2 posts i.e. before and after lunch. So this post will be photo heavy :-)
This vintage house was next to our hotel
First stop: Bukit Bendera -  the last time I came here, I was 5 years old in a traditional chugging funicular. Now it's an electrical and fast train!

A very sunny day!

Even this dog is sun-bathing!

We didn't go in as it was exorbitantly priced

After all the excitement uphill, we headed for lunch. Unfortunately, forgotten the restaurant's name but was really happy to have had this which was similar to the ones in Bangkok called 'Khao Kha Moo'. All thanks to hubby's sharp nose and eyes LOL!

Monday, 5 October 2015

MPOV: The Martian

When the Ares III manned mission to Mars is hit by an intense storm, astronaut Mark Watney is lost and presumed dead. With the lives of her crew at stake, mission commander Melissa Lewis is forced to leave the planet, leaving Watney behind. Watney has survived with the destruction of his communications equipment. Unable to contact NASA, he uses his knowledge as a botanist to grow food within the mission's artificial habitat, anticipating that he will need to survive for at least three years and journey to the landing site of Ares IV which already has some of its infrastructure on Mars. He keeps a series of video logs to maintain morale and begins to modify the habitat's rover to make it capable of long journeys.

Reviewing satellite photos of Mars, NASA engineers Vincent Kapoor and Mindy Park realize that Watney has survived, and immediately start planning to establish contact. Fearing that Watney may die soon, NASA director Teddy Sanders orders them not to tell the rest of the Ares III crew aboard the Hermes. Watney locates the Pathfinder probe, defunct since 1997, and uses it to regain contact with Earth.

As Watney continues to grow his crops, crew supervisor Mitch Henderson and JPL director Bruce Ng formulate a plan to send a probe to Mars and resupply Watney to let him last the four years until Ares IV can reach him. As the launch date approaches, an increasingly optimistic Sanders authorizes them to tell the crew. Desperate to launch the probe quickly, mistakes are made and the probe explodes during the launch. Watney suffers his own disaster when the airlock on the habitat explosively decompresses, killing his crops and reducing his projected supply of food.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Applaud the 'Iron Man' botanist astronaut who not only survived on Mars but managed to plant some crops! I know, it's just a movie but I believe this will come true especially since they found streams in Mars recently. Anyway, the movie was good with some laughter and mostly serious survival skills. It started with a bang and then in a melancholy state until the pace picked up again towards the end. Truly awesome and it made me wished I had picked up astronaut way back then!

My rating: 3.5/5
Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena
Category: 2015 American science fiction film based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel The Martian

Friday, 2 October 2015

CSM: adoption drive and book sale this weekend

Another friendly reminder: The book sale is this Sunday, 4th October 2015 from 3 to 6pm at Zest Cafe, Bangsar South!!!

The above taken from

(across the road from Fat Boy Burgers and behind Master Chef Restaurant)
Those wanting to donate in cash or kind can do so at the drive, we are in dire need of kibbles and rice. Please share.

Lost Animal Souls Shelter's 'Awesome Pawsome' Bazaar & Fundraiser is back!

Come down to Sid's Handle Bar this coming Saturday 3rd October 2015 from 2PM onwards and check out the booths set-up by our awesome supporters to raise funds for the shelter.

There will be books, preloved clothes, doggie treats and so much more!

Bring your family, friends and furkids and have a fun day out!

If you would like to open a booth please contact Seema at 016-2363197 or Rina at 017-2662085.

Thank you to the awesome folks at Sid's Pubs and Seema Subash OmniMedia.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

My KonMari Journey: Clothes

This is definitely easier said than done. After reading the e-book, I wasted no time and kick-started my KonMari event. I tend to procrastinate so better to start immediately with the clothes :-) I did asked myself first the questions Marie Kondo posted in the e-book i.e. why it's important, what I hoped to gain, what's my end result, why... why... why...

Well, for me, I just want to live in a happy, minimalist, welcoming, comfortable, prosperous house. A home which I visualize it to be. Basically, I just want to be happy and hoping for a bright future.

I later found this 1 pager which is really helpful for me, it might be for you too:
If you have read the book, you would understand what all this means. In brief, you are to de-clutter your stuff according to category and never, ever by room as it will usually cause a rebound in the future. So this checklist is really helpful in guiding you according to the categories prescribed which is why I've started with clothes. With the relevant sub-categories, it definitely does help in order not to forget whatever we have. Also, you can add in a sub if it's not covered. Cool right?

Well, when the day arrived, I gather all my clothes dutifully, including those from the other rooms and started de-cluttering according to the sub-categories. Picked up each piece and think 'Does this spark joy?'. Definitely not an easy task. I had many doubts, insecurities and at times blank. I guess it means no joy? LOL! Anyway, the main issue here is:
  1. Attachment - we tend to be attached to something and had a hard time getting rid of it no matter what justification even though we don't bother wearing it any more
  2. Distraction - I keep getting distracted by lots of things i.e. my dog kept barking, sudden rain so had to run down to keep the laundry, even some clothes brought back nostalgic memories hence the mind lost in memory lane
  3. Not focused - as in jumping the queue i.e. was de-cluttering tops and came across a cute bottom and going through bottoms instead. Also I felt rushed initially and then reminded myself that I should go slow, at my own pace
  4. No click - once it's not done properly, we won't get that satisfaction. When I de-cluttered my bags, I finally got my click hence I understand now what Marie was telling us in the book
The before where all on the floor but after that forgot to take any more photos as I was really engrossed
Didn't realized it's dark LOL! The after for the clothes that needed to be hanged
The end result, as we had to keep saying thank you to the ones we are discarding, we are actually showing gratitude to what we had, be thankful for what we have and be grateful for our future. I have never felt more in peace actually and do look forward the next category which is books. Definitely not an easy feat as books are like my 'heaven' *fingers crossed*

I do feel lighter, more clear-minded and happy. I just wished hubby would do the same as I have only re-arranged it for him. The discarding has to be done by himself as I would not know which sparks joy for him *brainwash time*

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The KLBAC Books Galore Sale / Swap

If you folks have nothing to do this Sunday afternoon, please do drop by at Zest Cafe & Restaurant! There will be sales galore of books, books and nothing else but books, some new and mostly old ones. A problem with bibliophiles, we tend to buy and hoard tons of books but never got around to read it. So if you are lucky, it could be new books ya...

I'll be there too with some of my old but gold preloved books:

So do come by my table and say hi when you are there! Hope to see ya all there!

Date: 4th October 2015
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Location: Zest Cafe & Restaurant, Unit 1-2, 1st Floor, The Sphere, No 1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South

You can find out more details here:


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